Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)


School Psychology

Committee Chair

Richard Marsicano

Second Committee Member

Stephanie Stein

Third Committee Member

Fred Washburn


The purpose of this thesis was to identify variables that predict a school psychologist’s self-efficacy in counseling abilities, as well as identify variables that predict perceived barriers to implementing mental health services to students in a school setting. Participants were 84 school psychologists working in the state of Washington. Participants were asked to complete a survey that included (a) demographic questions, (b) a questionnaire about perceived self-efficacy in counseling abilities, and (c) a questionnaire about perceived barriers to providing mental health services. The results of two multiple linear regression equations suggest that in this study, certain variables predicted both self-efficacy and barriers. The most noted variable in both equations was the amount of coursework completed in graduate training related to counseling and mental health services.